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Moral Thought Experiments

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Published on Aug 9, 2012

What exactly is this intuitive moral standard that we call the conscience? By this standard, what makes something moral or immoral? My thoughts on this are centered around three thought experiments:

1. What if Earth were only inhabited by plants?
2. What if the Earth were only inhabited by robots?
3. What if there was a man named Joe who had no emotions?

Would anything that happens to these beings be moral or immoral?

My conclusion is that human morality has everything to do with the emotions of sentient beings.

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